Call for Expressions of Interest to Chair the OER 2021 Conference

We value openness

We are seeking experienced Co-Chairs for the 2021 Conference Committee of the 12th annual conference for Open Education research, practice and policy. The Co-Chairs will play a major role in planning and delivery of the conference in 2021. For information about previous OER conferences please visit

The conference format evolves each year to keep pace with the changing expectations and priorities of participants and speakers, but its core values around Open Education remain strong.

We are looking to appoint two people with the following qualities:

  • national/international standing in the Open Education field;
  • the commitment and vision to make the conference a success;
  • the capacity to chair a major international conference, and its programme committee;
  • enthusiasm for and/or experience of working with the Open Education community and ALT and a Member of ALT.

In addition, we encourage interest from individuals who are also interested in their institution to host the conference. Planning and organisation of the conference will be the responsibility of the Conference Committee together with ALT staff. The role is unremunerated, but travel and subsistence costs will be met by ALT, with the conference fee waived.

Find out what the role involves in more detail by reading Chairing ALT Conferences, which includes further details as well as feedback from previous Co-Chairs and is licensed CC-BY. 

To express an interest, please send an email to Maren Deepwell, organised under the 4 headings above, to arrive by 14 February 2020. Expressions of interest from pairs of people interested in co-chairing with each other can be submitted as a single email. As an informal guideline, please limit your expression of interest to no more than 500 words in total. We would prefer to appoint someone who has not previously chaired or co-chaired the conference.

All proposals will be reviewed and the ALT Board of Trustees has final approval of the appointment.